Either the left hand isn’t talking to the right hand or Sun Jianping, the head of the city’s transport watchdog, was lying about the taxi fares not rising.
It’s official: New cab fares are set to be in place from mid-July onwards, and while the details haven’t been fixed yet, the following two proposals have been floated by the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission, the local pricing authority:
In one proposal, the flag-down fare will rise to 13 yuan (US$2) from 12 yuan while charges after the first 3 kilometers will remain at 2.4 yuan/km.
In the other, the flag-down rate will remain unchanged but the per/km fee after the first 3 kilometers will be 2.7 yuan.
On top of this, there’s going to be a new fuel surcharge, expected to be 2RMB per trip if current fuel prices remain steady at around 7.79 yuan per liter for 93-octane gasoline. If fuel prices rise beyond 8.01 yuan, the surcharge could be 3RMB per trip.
What this means is that if they chose the first proposal mentioned above, the flag-down rate including fuel surcharge will be 15RMB. Guess those earlier rumours were pretty accurate after all!